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NEWCASTLE North MP Catherine McKinnell helped Tyneside children celebrate World School Milk Day.

Ms McKinnell was honorary milk monitor at Fawdon Community Association's playgroup.

The group is one of thousands of playgroups, nurseries and schools across more than 40 countries taking part in celebrations dedicated to World School Milk Day this month.

Ms McKinnell, said: "I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the playgroup in Fawdon and chatting to the children about the benefits of drinking milk and a healthy diet generally.

"World School Milk Day encourages children of all ages to think about the importance of drinking milk, and is a fun way to encourage good, healthy habits from an early age."

Helen Wilding, who runs the Fawdon playgroup, said the children loved their milk. She said: "We take children into the playgroup from the age of two years old and healthy eating and drinking is a vital part of our curriculum.

"Each day at 11am, the children sit together for snack time and enjoy their free entitlement of fresh milk delivered from a local dairy.

"This social time gives staff the opportunity to talk about the benefits of a healthy diet from a very early age, whilst giving the children a mid-morning energy boost of milk, toast, and fruit.

"Friday in the playgroup is smoothie day and any left over milk we have is used to make fruit smoothies, which the children thoroughly enjoy."

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Date:Oct 7, 2011
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